Temperature Control, why you want it and how it works
In this article we will discuss Temperature Control, why you want it and how it works. This technology has been around for a couple of years now and yet there are still many users who do not understand it.
Just what is Temperature Control ?
Temperature control , which I will refer to as TC from here on out, is a coil and chip technology. It was first developed as a means to reduce dry hits, so that your vape would deliver reliably every time. For those who don’t know, dry hits are when you have too little juice on your coil and you ‘singe’ or burn your wicking material. Basically , dry hits feel like nails in your throat, and come with a burnt taste in the most severe cases.
So how does TC work ?
This all started when the Evolve company famous for their DNA chip set, introduced TC back in 2014. The chip very cleverly measures minute variances in your coil’s resistance. That’s important because your coils change resistance as they contract and expand at different temperatures. To make this work, you can’t use ordinary Kanthal resistance wire, at least not for the entire coil. So, Nickel (Ni200), Titanium (TI) and Stainless Steel (SS) coils were introduced. Almost every major tank release of 2015 featured a kanthal coil, and a temperature control coil of one or more of the 3 types available.
I don’t get dry hits, so are there any other perks ?
Why yes, now that you mention it there are ! TC also has the pleasant side benefit of being around 25% more efficient on battery life. This is because it only uses peak power to get your coil to the temperature you desire. Once at that temperature, the chip only draws the minimal amount needed to keep the coil at that temperature. This could make the difference when you’re out and about for long periods of time and away from your charger.
How does this help with dry hits ?
The way you setup your mod for these coils is that you fit the coil, juice up and then prime in the normal way. Leave to stand for a minute or two then fit the tank to the mod and following your mod’s manufacturer guidelines for registering the new coil. The mod then calibrates itself to that coil at room temperature. Now because you juiced up and primed you vape it at the desired temperature you select for yourself. When you approach a dry hit, the coil will pick up the unanticipated spike in temperature and reduce the power to the coil immediately. Now you have a chance to check out what went wrong before you completely and utterly destroy your coil. If you’re lucky you just ran out of juice. So then you just top up and go back to normal. The more recent the mod design , the better they are at doing this.
Does my device have TC ?
Check your mod or kit’s packaging under the listed features. It will tell you if it supports TC and what types of coil it can run. If you use TC it’s up to you to read and make sure the coil you are using is capable of hitting the temperature range you wish to vape at. If the coil can’t handle 600 degrees fahrenheit, then don’t set it up for that temp. Start in the middle and gradually increase until you find your sweet spot. Otherwise you will burn your coil anyway because you told your mod to do it.
More and more kits and pens are now exploiting this technology due to it’s inherent benefits in terms of vaping consistency and battery efficiency. If you don’t already use TC then there’s a good chance you will in the future and some users may be using it without even knowing it. There are some pens and kits already out there that have non adjustable TC built in so it runs silently in the background without you having to worry about setting it up. It’s becoming a no brainer for entry level gear so look out for it.